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Timothy Wang

Timothy Wang

Associate Lecturer

Rm 328
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9351 6101
Fax +61 2 9351 6638


Timothy holds degrees in linguistics and accounting. He teaches in the area of financial accounting and has received numerous Dean’s Citation for Tutoring and several nominations for Excellence in Teaching Awards. Timothy is building an active research profile on two main research areas: one is the application of linguistic insights to accounting as a business language, and the other corporate bankruptcy prediction modelling using traditional statistical and machine learning techniques.

Research Interests

Tim’s current research interests focus on measurement, one of the most important aspects in accounting, from both critical and interpretive and positivist approaches.

Accounting has been recognised by critical and interpretive researchers as a language and dense medium through which we ‘see’ and construct the world. However, the impossibility of reflecting the world does not imply a lack of meaning and utility. Whilst prior studies in capital market research provide evidence of the meaningfulness and utility of accounting representations, they do not venture an explanation of why and how accounting representations remain meaningful and useful. Drawing upon Saussure’s model of the sign and Derrida’s development of this, Tim’s current research seeks to develop a post-Saussurean view of accounting representations and illustrate such a view by examining the participation of accounting, fair value accounting in particular, in credit derivatives markets during the 2007-2008 global financial crisis.

Tim has expanded his research to examine the predictive capacity of accounting information and non-accounting information in corporate bankruptcy prediction modelling using both traditional statistical and machine learning techniques.


Journal Article/s

Wang T 2018 Forthcoming 'Predicting Private Company Failures in Italy Using Financial and Non-financial Information', Australian Accounting Review


Conference Paper/s

Wang T and Roberts J 2016 'Faithful representation as an effect of comparability', 8th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting APIRA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 15th July 2016

Wang T and Jones S 2016 'Forecasts of financial distress in private companies: logistic regression versus neural networks', Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand AFAANZ Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 5th July 2016


Conference Paper/s

Wang T 2015 'Predicting financial distress for privately held firms in the European Union', Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Doctoral Symposium, Hobart, Australia, 3rd July 2015

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT1006 Accounting and Financial Management

    2017: S1,
    2016: S1, S2,

  • BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

    2016: S1,